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The Archdiocese of Detroit says former Detroit Archbishop, Cardinal Edmund Szoka has died at the age of 86.

US Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka kneels

The Archdiocese says Cardinal Szoka died at Providence Park Hospital in Novi last night.

Szoka served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990, when he was brought to the Vatican to oversee the city state’s government under Pope John Paul II. He continued to serve in that capacity under Pope Benedict XVI.

“We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd,” said current Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in a news release. Vigneron had served as a priest under Cardinal Szoka in the 1980s. “For sixty years Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church. He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers. May the Lord give him the reward of his labors.”

Szoka has lived in Northville since he retired in 2006.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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